CONDITIONS WE TREAT

Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.

We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.

Grief/loss

It’s no doubt that one of the most monumental and challenging phases of life for any child or adult will the loss of a loved one; whether through death or through changes in life circumstances. In such instances; grief and processing of loss is something to be embraced and encouraged as this is a healthy part of the healing process. Contrary to popular belief that people need to grieve for 3-6 months before seeking treatment, the sooner we can start therapy, the better the overall outcome. Because grief isn’t just about missing someone. Complicated feelings such as guilt, identity loss, and re-triggers of other trauma can, if untreated, pave the way for maladjustment and even PTSD from grief. In most cases of loss and bereavement, there are little to no long-term negative impacts. However, when an individual experiences complicated grief, meaning an individual finds difficulty coping with the loss, the consequences can be more serious. Approximately 7% of the population experiences complicated grief (Kersting et al., 2011) where acute grief may become prolonged and intense and where individuals may fail to heal from the loss. Acute grief is normal to experience and involve sadness, as well as remembrances, thoughts, and images of the loved one, and a tendency to focus more on the yearning of the person rather than activities of daily life. Acute grief is unique and can vary in team according to every person but what differentiates normal acute grief from complicated grief is that most people are able to eventually accept the loss, integrate their current reality into their life, and reimagine life again with happiness and contentment (Shear, 2012). Acute grief should never be mistaken for depression and antidepressants are not recommended as a first-line treatment for acute grief. Characteristics such as sadness, loss of interest, dysphoric mood, guilt, yearning, or withdrawal from activities may be similar to depression but are a part of the normal grief process (Shear, 2012). If you suspect you or someone you know may have difficulty coping with grief; it may be beneficial to seek treatment to help process the loss. The goal is not to take away the sadness nor the memory of the person, but to heal appropriately with a new outlook on life, integrating the loss with a new sense of purpose moving forward. It is important to note that those with substance abuse (addiction) histories are more prone to relapse during acute periods of grief. Engaging in treatment during grief can prevent relapse and can help speed the healing process.

Kersting A., Brahler E., Glaesmer H., Wagner B. (2011). Prevalence of complicated grief in a representative population-based sample. Journal of Affect Disorders, 131, 339–343.

Shear, K. M. (2012). Grief and mourning gone awry: pathway and course of complicated grief. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience, 14(2), 119-28.

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.

ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)

Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

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